Accused of threatening to kill his ex-partner

Court news
Court news

A 39-year-old man accused of threatening to kill his ex-partner has been remanded in custody.

Hugh Gerard McConnell, of Bonds Hill, is charged with making a threat to kill, making a threat to damage property and harassment.

The offences were allegedly committed between April 29 and May 3.

Derry Magistrate’s Court heard claims that McConnell was ‘continually ringing’ his ex-partner.

She answered one of these calls and he allegedly threatened to kill her and ‘stab you to death’.

He also allegedly threatened to burn her in her bed.

Opposing bail, an investigating officer said the woman is ‘terrified’ of McConnell.

She said the 39-year-old was charged with similar offences last year and he was released on bail.

However, he breached bail in a matter of days.

The officer added that there was a long domestic violence history between the couple and police feared he would not adhere to bail conditions.

It was also revealed to the court McConnell has 140 previous convictions.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said his client insisted the woman was contacting him and making arrangements to meet him during this time.

He urged the court to release the 39-year-old on bail with stringent conditions.

District Judge Peter King refused the application because McConnell has shown ‘blatant disregard’ for the court and bail conditions in the past.

He said the domestic abuse report showed a ‘continually and constant unhappy domestic history between you’.

The judge said very few of these allegations had ‘reached the door of this court ‘ but given the background, only an address outside the city would be suitable to ensure the complainant is ‘safe’.

McConnell was remanded in custody to appear in court again via video link on May 28.